Preface: I understand the concept of “Blog Free Zone” and I think the place I visited today falls into that category. Its been a well kept secret and I don’t want to be the one who spills the beans of its location on the interwebs so I am going to write this TR in an ambiguous way so that this info can not be easily searched for using search engines. I have GPS tracks and exact coordinates of this location however they will not be posted publicly, only shared privately.
I heard about this place 7 years ago and made a quick trip up in 2005 based on a very vague description of its location and I was unable to find it. In 2007 Jeremy and I went for the Mother of all bushwhacks and were unable to find it, however on that trip we were able to find (by stumbling upon) the even more secret german spy cave. Some people confuse the Spy Cave and this manmade cave, but they are two seperate places. In 2008 I went back again with 3 other guys from another backcountry forum and we totally combed an area where I thought it might be but were unsuccessful again. After talking with someone last spring I realized I was in the wrong area by about a 1/4 mile before. Since then I have been looking for an opportunity to go back and search. Today was my target date to start hiking again for the first time since I injured my Achilles Tendon in early august. So instead of going up north to do some work on my Grid I went for a bushwhack and after about an hour of searching Voila! I came out of the brush into a clearing and saw this:
And when I saw this I knew my search was over.
I made a video of my first entrance:
I hung out for a bit before finding my way back up to the ridge, and heading toward the summit. The summit was still crowded when I got there for the 67th time. My leg felt great for the whole hike, now lets see how it feels tommorow.